Thursday, 17 April 2014

Public meeting with Thames Water arranged to discuss sewage problems in Theale: May 1st 7:45pm

Many residents on Theale experienced problems with the sewage system during the wet weather in the last few months. The problems ranged from sewage flooding of roads and open space, flooded gardens and garages through to unusable toilets. Some residents had to take action to stop their homes being flooded. 

After discussing the problems with the Clerk to the Parish Council, I agreed to ask our MP to arrange a public meeting with Thames Water. I knew that Alok Sharma MP had good contacts at Thames Water.

Alok has now announced that he has arranged the meeting. It will be held on May 1st at:

The Gateway (behind Theale Library)
Church Street
Theale

The meeting will start at 7:45pm and is scheduled to finish at 8:45pm

Attending the meeting will be Tom Medcalf, Operations Manager at Thames Water and Huw Thomas, Local and Regional Government Liaison Officer at Thames Water.

At the meeting Thames Water will provide an overview of the recent weather events and how they have affected Thames Water’s network in Theale.  In addition Thames Water will update residents on improvement work already undertaken in Theale, as well as future improvement plans.  The meeting will also be a great opportunity for local residents to raise directly with Thames Water any particular concerns they may have in relation to other sewage and water-related issues in Theale.

All Theale residents are welcome to attend the meeting on 1st May, but to assist with planning Alok would be grateful if you could get in touch via alok.sharma.mp@parliament.uk or 0118 941 3803 to indicate whether you will be attending.



Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale
West Berkshire Council

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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Work on new flats in Play Platt, Theale, scheduled to start soon

Building of the 50 new flats on the old Trafalgar Court site at the end of Play Platt is expected to start by the end of this month. They are scheduled to be completed by June, 2015.

The flats will be built for Sovereigh Housing Association and will be rented to people over 55. Some will be for shared ownership.

Alan Macro
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West Berkshire Council

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Funding in place for new skate park to be built in Theale

The money required to build the skate park in Theale's recreation ground has now been raised.

The required £45,000 has been obtained from:

  • A grant from Veolia Environmental Services (this comes from money raised from the Landfill Tax)
  • A contribution from the developer's contribution ("Section 106") from the Lakeside planning permission for 350 homes
  • Parish planning grant from West Berkshire Council
  • A grant from the Englefield Trust
  • A "Member's Bid" from me to west Berkshire Council
  • Theale Parish Council
The young people who campaigned for the skate park are going to raise money towards a bench, litter bin, etc.

A meeting will now be arranged between Gravity Skateparks, who won the bid to build the park, and the young people to finalise the deatials of the design.


Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale
West Berkshire Council

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Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Planning application to expand Theale Medical Centre

A planning application has been submitted to West Berkshire Council to expand Theale Medical Centre to provide two more consulting rooms and six more parking spaces.

The application number is 14/00354/FUL and the plans can be viewed by clicking here.

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale
West Berkshire Council

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Demolition in progress on site for new IKEA store in Calcot

I checked the site for the new IKEA store in Pincnets Lane, Calco,t today.

The Homebase and Carpetright stores have been demolished. It looks like the bowling alley and Utopia nightclub building will not be there much longer, either.

The derelict retail warehouses (remember Payless and Texas, anyone?) on the site of what will be the IKEA multi-story car park were demolished some time ago.

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale
West Berkshire Council

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Wednesday, 9 April 2014

March Neighbourhood Police Update for Theale

The following update from the Theale PCSO has just been issued. You can get these updates and police alerts sent to you automatically on signing up to Thames Valley Police Alerts.

The Have Your Say Meeting outside the Co-op on Sunday 27th April will be held between 10 and 11 a.m.

Theale
Hello my name is Michael Sturgess I am the new PCSO for your area I hope everyone is well. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me on my email which is found below. If you need to report a crime please contact 101 or 999.
Information about your area
March has been a fairly good month in general. Although we have had a rise in the number of burglary non dwellings in the Englefield area where tools have been stolen from the owners sheds, if you see or hear of anything suspicious during the night please call 999 or the 101 number.  Crime statistics for the period of April 2013 to February 2014 all crime is down by 3% is as follows. Burglary dwellings are down by 28%, Burglary non- dwellings are down by 7%, vehicle crime down by 16%. Also Anti Social Behaviour is down to less than one report per day.
Our ongoing appeal for information from members of the public is as important as ever as we continue to tackle the problems that affect you in our community. Please report any suspicious activity immediately to Thames Valley Police either on the non-emergency number 101, or if a crime is taking place please call 999.
‘Have Your Say’ meeting
Sunday 27th April - Outside The Co-operative High Street, Theale.
Anti-Social Behaviour
If you experience any anti-social behaviour, please call in any incidents on the 101 non-emergency number (or in the case of an emergency dial 999) so that we may attend and deal with the situation as necessary. We have experienced a substantial decrease in the amount of ASB committed so far this year compared with this time last year, and we are continually working to decrease this figure further.
Crime Prevention
The Neighbourhood team are always happy to come out to your home and provide you with some crime prevention advice on the back of a home security assessment. If you would like to book an appointment please contact PCSO Michael Sturgess onmichael.sturgess@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk.
Neighbourhood Watch, Theale Area
Stats show that streets that run effective Neighbourhood Watch Schemes do in fact contribute to reducing local crime and I am keen to recruit more coordinators for the area. Please do register your interest at one of our door knocks detailed below with any of the officers and learn more about how you could become involved in the scheme. Alternatively call the 101 police non-emergency number and register your interest to myself. On average you will only be required to spend three hours a month running your street Watch.
Neighbourhood Action Group (NAG)
If you have any issues you would like to be discussed by the group or feel that you think should be a neighbourhood priority please email me atmichael.sturgess@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk. If you are a resident of Theale or belong to a group or organisation that has a stake in either Neighbourhood’s and would like to become a NAG member to help with solving Neighbourhood problems please contact the above email address.
Neighbourhood Priorities
We are currently focusing on tackling Anti-Social behaviour and issues we are experiencing in the industrial area. The Neighbourhood Action Group will continue to review the priorities and other potential priorities can be considered. If you have specific concerns about crime or disorder in the Theale neighbourhood please email the address above.

Contact us
If you want any advice or would like to contact the neighbourhood team you can call us on the police non emergency number 101 but if your call is an emergency then dial 999.   You can also contact us via email:
 This e-mail address should not be used to contact Thames Valley Police to report crimes or for any urgent matters.   If you have information about crime or Anti Social Behaviour in your area but you do not want to speak to the police, please call the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555111.   To view information on your neighbourhood team you can visit the force website at: www.thamesvalley.police.uk  

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Affected by flooding or sewage problems in Theale? Please take part in my survey

I am trying to find out how many homes and businesses in Theale have been affected by flooding or sewage problems in the last few months.
I you have been affected at home, at your work or at your business, then please take part in my Theale Flooding and Sewage Problems Survey. It should only take a few minutes.
Please forward this email to anyone else in Theale who you think may have been affected.

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale
West Berkshire Council

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